The client's passion for reading and steadfast attention to detail were translated into the interior design of the home, especially the writing lair.
Roth's challenges included making space for a massive amount of books, integrating strange intersections of materials, and creating more functional spaces with elegantly understated custom touches.
Roth created a cantilevered bookcase handcrafted from bubinga wood that wrapped a staircase leading to a bathroom. Within the bookshelves, he created an opening into a sunken bedroom with leather-wrapped walls and a ceiling fan made of bicycle spokes and parachute material.
"Eclectic and busy," was how Roth described his clients. He shopped with them for only three hours collectively during the two-year project.
Each piece selected for the project could easily stand alone and create a distinctive statement. A few of Roth's favorite selections included a bronze octopus tentacle lamp, a motorized lift for a television that came out of a Tibetan trunk with bone feet, and a shagreen wrap with a compass-inspired top. The compass was installed haphazardly to look imperfect and create character.
His client expressed a desire for the office to feel creative and be a pleasure to work in while minimizing the visual impact of technology, so Roth custom-designed a Frank Lloyd Wright-esque desk made of French white oak with ebony details to hide the computers. He also designed matching bookcases using the hull of a boat to hold the shelves together. The Roman shade window treatment was constructed from a Chinese Junk sail, thus adding to the nautical influences.
Roth searched online for a year to find an aquarium before he found the perfect one from the 1930s in a Long Island, NY antique shop that was only open on weekends. He had the aquarium shipped to California and rebuilt it to stand in a stone casing.
Other ocean-inspired details included blue marble countertops, a compass crafted of ebony inlaid on the stairs, and a nautical painting placed over the master bed.
Because his client was a writer, the most unique detail Roth suggested was a framed Romanoff's wax seal collection.